Schoongezight Cave

25 Mar 2021 21:46 #76644 by supertramp
Busy planning some hiking options over the Easter Weekend. Current plan is up Thuthumi Pass and down Tlanyaka Pass. Has anyone recently visited Schoongezight Cave? I've never been there before and have always been a bit hesitant of it given the proximity to the smuggling route. Any insights will be greatly appreciated. 

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26 Mar 2021 04:37 #76645 by tonymarshall
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I've stayed at Schoongezicht Cave several times in the last couple of years, and have never had any problems there.

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26 Mar 2021 07:06 #76646 by supertramp
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Excellent, thank you Tony! Looking forward to explore that section of the Berg. 

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30 Mar 2021 01:07 #76653 by intrepid
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Haven't used that cave in a long while, nor have I been in the area for some time, but I think you are more likely to problems with the insects in that cave rather than smugglers. It did show signs of being used at one stage but you have to cross the river to get there which is an inconvenience for them. The smugglers tend to use Sibayeni Cave and the Gravel Shelter if they are passing through the area.

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30 Mar 2021 09:04 #76656 by supertramp
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Thank you so much Intrepid. That is good to know. Will be sure to take some insect repellent (just in case) 

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Do you perhaps have any recollection of how many people it can accommodate? (some sites says a max of 8). 

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31 Mar 2021 03:50 #76659 by tonymarshall
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8 would perhaps be pushing it, with some people being in not so great areas of the cave. I can recall in 2013 we were 6 people there, and that was what we thought the limit was. After that the group I have been there with has been 3 or less, and we have all had good, comfortable spots.
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31 Mar 2021 05:10 #76660 by intrepid
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I think 8 would be pushing it (yes, you can always make it work if you have to), 4-6 is more comfortable. You may need to clean up some of the sleeping areas, and due to its proximity to the river, don't be surprised if the recent heavy rains have in some way affected the cave.

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31 Mar 2021 21:43 #76666 by supertramp
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Thanks a million Tony & Intrepid! 

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We are a group of 5  and look forward to giving the cave a go. Thanks also for the heads-up on the potential impact of the floods, was wondering about that given the history and close proximity of the cave to the river - will keep a backup plan just in case. 

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06 Apr 2021 18:39 - 06 Apr 2021 18:56 #76679 by supertramp
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Hello guys,

Happy to report that we had a fantastic time at Schoongezight Cave (as our final overnight spot on a Thuthumi and Tlanyaku loop). Thanks Intrepid and Tony for your advice. As expected (good call, Interpid

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), the cave was definitely impacted by the recent floods (evident by the amount of rocks and sand as well as flattened trees on both sides). After some landscaping we managed to make it very comfortable and had a very pleasant evening. We fitted 5 people easily and there was definitely room for an additional 1 and maybe 2. 

The views from the cave are out of this world and it was an interesting experience to have the river flow by so closely (couldn't help but imagining how the Ndedema river would like it flood). Can highly recommend to others who are willing to explore this lesser visited area of the Berg.   

 
 
Before landscaping
 
After landscaping
 

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06 Apr 2021 21:26 #76681 by intrepid
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Thanks for reporting back and glad you enjoyed the cave and the area. There definitely used to be more vegetation growing around the cave. Good to have fresh confirmation of capacity.

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